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Iran's test of a long-range missile shows the need for the United States to expand its missile defense system into Europe, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Wednesday.

"We've been saying as we talk about missile defense in Europe that there is a real threat, and the test this morning underscores it," Gates said hours after Iran's test.

Russia has strongly opposed the U.S. program of expanding the missile defense system into Eastern Europe in countries such as in Poland and the Czech Republic. Read full article »

CNN's Pam Benson contributed to this report.

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